Meet the 2022 winner: Deborah de Caen

Deborah de Caen, teaching assistant at Admiral Lord Nelson School

In an ongoing series of articles, we present the winners of the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022. In this edition, we speak to Deborah de Caen from Admiral Lord Nelson School (ALNS) who won the teaching assistant of the year award.  

Teachers, learning support assistants, school teams and head teachers were recognised for supporting children and young people's education at the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022. 

In this week's article, we speak to Deborah de Caen who is a teaching assistant in the intervention team at Admiral Lord Nelson School. Deborah tells us what inspires her to support children and young people and explains why she loves her job. 

Thank you, Deborah, for talking to us, please could you tell us about your role?

I have worked at the school for 26 years but in my current role for 24 years. I currently work with children on a one-to-one basis.

Congratulations on winning an award at the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022. How did you feel when you found out you had been nominated?

I was informed by a member of the senior leadership team that I had been nominated. I felt very proud and honoured.

What did it mean to you to win the award and where do you keep your trophy?

I couldn't believe I had won the award. To know all my hard work had been recognised was a great feeling. I keep my trophy on my shelf in the lounge.

How important are events like the Teach Portsmouth Awards in recognising achievements in education?

This was the first year of the teaching assistant category. I feel it's extremely important to recognise the achievements of support staff and all the hard work of the profession.

Can you tell us a little bit about why you chose a role supporting pupils in Portsmouth?

I was already working as a lunchtime assistant at the school when the role became available. I enjoy working with children with additional needs to support their learning and development whilst at ALNS.  

What would you say to anyone who is thinking about supporting pupils in Portsmouth?

The role is very rewarding and fulfilling. Every day is different, and you will constantly learn and be challenged.  

Feel inspired by Deborah's story?

Find out how to become a teaching assistant at an information event at Portsmouth Central Library.

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